Behemoth - _Thelema.6_
(Avantgarde, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
It wasn't much more than a year ago that Behemoth unleashed their mighty _Satanica_ [CoC #43], but this Polish force of remarkably powerful and technical metal seems to be very restless indeed these days. Not many out there seem capable of putting out a record that contains so many technical nuances while remaining such a bludgeoning force. Having said this, the production here didn't turn out to be as impressive as _Satanica_'s -- but it still is very good, though, and the searing vocals are still definitely there. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that none of the tracks on _Thelema.6_ managed to impress me more than _Satanica_'s amazing opener "Decade of Oepion", Behemoth's latest seems overall more consistent than its predecessor. The songs seem to work a bit better together and, as the band continues to move away from black metal and towards a very technical style of modern death metal, more elements have again been added to the mix that keep things very interesting indeed: the drumming is yet more complex and varied than before, as is the guitar and bass work. Another brilliant output from Behemoth -- although _Thelema.6_ doesn't go far enough for me to want to bestow upon Behemoth the 10 out of 10 that I hoped I would, I find in it no relevant signs of the band stagnating or losing momentum either.

(article published 1/10/2001)


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